Bushkids Program



Program Details

What: The Bushkids Program is an on-the-Land learning initiative based in Yellowknife, NT. Developing healthy relationships with ourselves, each other, and the Land is one of the primary principles of Bushkids. To support this, children learn in their natural environment using an inquiry-based and play-based approach.

Why: Emergent and holistic learning helps create space for creativity and safe risk-taking. Learning and playing outside can help to reduce stress and increase patience, confidence, capacity for attention, social skills and concentration. The Expert Statement from the 2018 Participaction Report Card on Physical Activity and Brain Health for Children and Youth says “for better brain health, all children and youth should be physically active on a regular basis. In addition to physical health benefits, physical activity also improves cognition, brain function and mental health“.

Age: 5-11 

Location: In the forest behind the Fieldhouse

Schedule: Tuesdays 9:00 – 3:00 (Sept to Dec session and Jan to April session, dates to be confirmed)

Fee: $840 + $42 (GST) = $882 for 12 sessions *

Educators: Wendy Lahey, Chloe Dragon Smith, Donovan Boucher, Shauna Morgan, Kyla LeSage (Dechinta Center for Research and Learning), Cheryl Mandeville, Michelle Krutko, Joanne Krutko, Brenda Dragon (cultural advisor), other local knowledge holders

Program Waitlist

While we would love to accept everyone into Bushkids, due to our limited capacity we are only able to accept a small number into the Program. Because of this, only those who have received prior approval from us can register.

If you have not received approval from Chloe or Wendy but still wish to be considered for future sessions, you should add yourself and your child to our waitlist. As spots open up, we will contact those on this list.

It is important to read the following letter from Bushkids before you enter your child’s name on the waitlist.

Program Sponsors – Winter Session 2021